2 Shoes….

Well, the days of the Vacoped are now behind me. 9 weeks after surgery, “walking” in two shoes feels really nice, but everything is very tight. I put the walking in quotations as I think what I’m doing is not pretty walking, but it gets me from point A to point B. Also, my foot has forgotten what it is supposed to do. I have to consciously think about moving and placing it…. heel down, roll, lift heel off of floor, “push” off w/ ball of foot, then move it forward… I’m scared with the “pushing” off the floor. The fear of re-rupture is ever present in my mind. Physical therapy starts in 4 more days so I’ll get more guidance then.

Does everyone else have major swelling by the end of the day at this point? When I first get up in the morning, the ankle is mostly normal sized, but by the end of the day it’s really swollen w/ pitting edema. An ice pack and elevation helps a lot at night. After the PT appointment Friday morning, we are going to a weekend concert event in Maryland. 2 stages to go between and a lot of walking….. We’ll see how the ankle fares with that.

3 Responses to “2 Shoes….”

  1. Congratulations on getting to 2 shoes!!! That’s awesome!

    Yes, your ankle is going to feel tight and awkward for a while, yet. Once you start PT, you’ll start getting more “normal” with your walking, and more confident as time goes by.

    When I had my first AT done surgically and I started PT, they had me start to “walk” on a treadmill with the good foot off the treadmill and the bad foot slowly “walking”, just getting used to the motions again. Eventually, I worked to both feet walking on the treadmill, and then getting faster.

    And, yes, my ankle/foot did swell at the beginning of the walking stage. I elevated at night, and felt better in the mornings. It goes away with time.

    Good luck at the concert! Have fun!

  2. I do get swelling but I’m still in boot 1/2 time so it isn’t big swelling. Regarding walking - you do have to concentrate. I’ve been in 2-shoes part time for over 2 weeks and I still have to concentrate. I found that I can reduce the push off at the end of your step by taking smaller steps. It’s hard to do (at least it is for me) but it does reduce the force you need to push off at the end of the step and helps you get used to a more normal gait. As things get stronger you can start lengthening your stride and walking faster. My slow walk drives the dogs bonkers since I have to walk them every morning - but that’s tough. If they want a walk (which they do - desperately sometimes - LOL!) it has to be slow right now.

  3. That’s great - congratulations on losing the boot. Enjoy the new freedom at the concert!

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